The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, on the outskirts of Beijing, is most
identified with the Dowager Empress Cixi, power behind the
throne for China's last emperors of the Manchu Dynasty. This
is her stone boat, made out of marble. The Dowager Empress
built it with funds intended for construction of a modern
Chinese navy. Instead, she took her meals here.
The Summer Palace Long Corridor is one of the world's
most unusual art galleries. It runs for nearly half a mile,
containing thousands of paintings that cover the ceiling.
The Main Gate is another favorite. You can see a great
closeup of the gate by clicking on the highlights page .
The Long Corridor paintings display vivid colors,
thanks to a modern restoration made necessary due
to damage during the Cultural Revolution, when
the Red Guards tried to destroy China's history.
Long Corridor painting of a traditional China scene.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free film of this trip by clicking on:
The Last Emperor's Home Video